Jennifer NolinWinkler comes from an athletic family. Mom Pat wanted to make sure that her daughter had opportunities to play sports and have fun. When Jennifer was little, Pat organized and coached a baseball team inclusive of girls of all abilities. Everyone got a chance to play and Coach Pat’s only rule was no negative talk about fellow players.
From there, Special Olympics was a natural progression for Jennifer and over the past fifteen years she has participated in soccer, softball, basketball, bowling, and volleyball. She hopes one day soon to take part in an equestrian event with her horse, Alabama. Pat says that participating in Special Olympics is a chance for her daughter to be with friends, practice, have fun, and enjoy a sense of normalcy.